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PWRDF Announces $20,000 in Relief Funds for Syrian refugees in Europe

Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) has started to provide psychosocial services for children in two temporary reception centres: Bicske and Vámosszabadi. In both centres an average of 50-100 children stay temporarily, typically for a couple of days. The target group of the project is children between 3-14 years. HIA surveys show that the psychosocial assistance is a stop-gap support for these people that will assist the children in particular. Photo: Fekete Dániel/HIA-Hungary/ACT Alliance

September 11, 2015

By Simon Chambers

PWRDF has announced $20,000 in funding to support Syrian and other refugees in Hungary, Greece and Serbia through the ACT Alliance.   Hundreds of thousands of refugees have made their way from Syria and northern Africa into Europe either across land or the Mediterranean Sea — 250,000 in 2015 alone.

Local populations and governments are unable to handle the huge influx of people.  The Greek island of Kos,  for example, has a population of 33,388.  Between January and July of 2015, the police and coast guard registered 18,200 refugees who landed on Kos, an increase of 1200% from the previous year.  Currently, 450 refugees are arriving on Kos every day, where they have to be processed before they can continue on to the Greek mainland.  As the time for processing continues to increase, the need for food, shelter, sanitation, and water for these thousands of refugees also increases.

ACT is working to provide food, water, shelter, health care, sanitation, education, and psychosocial support to over 300,000 Syrian refugees in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.  In addition to these basic supports, supplies to help the refugees get through the winter, including warm clothes and bedding, will also be provided.

PWRDF continues to support Syrians displaced within their own country, as well as those who have fled to Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.  A more complete listing of PWRDF’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis can be found here.

You can support PWRDF’s continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees:

On-line

You can designate your online donation for “Syria Response”.

 By Phone

For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973 FREE
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

 By Mail

Please make cheques payable to “PWRDF”, mark them for “Syria Response” and send them to:
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
The Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2

 PWRDF Donations Contact:

Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 355; 1-866-308-7973 FREE

 PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator

Naba Gurung
416-924-9199 ext. 321; 1-866-308-7973 FREE

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